Daily Dawg Tags: The return of RG3
By Thomas Moore
Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Friday, Aug. 19.
The Cleveland Browns did just enough on offense Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons to keep the fans excited.
The effort on defense, however, was something else entirely.
“Obviously, we have some work to do. We need to continue to get better in a lot of areas,” head coach Hue Jackson said after the game. “On offense, I thought Robert (Griffin III) did some good things with the first offense. I don’t think we’re well-oiled yet, but I see potential of us being what I think we can be.
“The second half, I didn’t think we played as well. To me, there was a huge drop off, and there are some guys that we just have to get better and we have to get them better in a hurry. On defense early, I think we’re seeing a common theme that people are starting to run the ball at us pretty good, and we need to get that shored up fast. We obviously have to cover better.
“We have some work to do on our football team, offensively and defensively. I thought tonight special teams did some things better.”
We have a full day of post-game coverage planned for today, so while we’re getting things in order get caught up on the news you may have missed from the Browns and around the NFL.
Cleveland Browns news:
"The Cleveland Browns seemed to be off to another dismal start Thursday night after opening the game with a three-and-out. But while the final score was 24-13 in favor of the Atlanta Falcons, the Browns showed some life Thursday night."
The K’Waun Williams saga continues
"Cleveland Browns cornerback K’Waun Williams’ suspension took a new twist as his agent claims the team is not concerned about the health of its players."
RG3’s two touchdown passes a positive for the Browns (ESPN)
"Robert Griffin III provided needed relief for the Cleveland Browns in their second preseason game. Amidst all the discussion about Griffin’s skills or lack thereof, one that can’t be argued about is his ability to throw the deep ball. His arm strength and touch make that one of his better skills, and he showed that ability on both throws Thursday night in a 24-13 Browns loss."
Terrelle Pryor experiment paying off (cleveland.com)
"Halfway through what can only be called a dazzling performance in the exhibition season, the 6-4, 225-ish Terrelle Pryor has been the most stunning surprise of Cleveland Browns training camp."
Is Dak Prescott shattering the myth about the need for veteran backup QBs? (B/R)
"In these contentious times, when political rhetoric can turn brother against brother and total strangers can get into shouting matches about anything from global warming to Suicide Squad, at least there is one topic we can all agree upon: Dak Prescott looked amazing in his preseason debut for the Dallas Cowboys."
49ers, Broncos choose starting QBs for Saturday preseason game (Fox Sports)
"Two of the three NFL teams with ongoing quarterback battles, the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos, will meet in Denver on Saturday, and each squad’s coach had an important update Thursday for fans looking for clues on who will win the job. For the second straight week, 49ers coach Chip Kelly ruled out Colin Kaepernick, who has arm fatigue. In Denver, Mark Sanchez started the Broncos’ preseason opener, so coach Gary Kubiak told reporters second-year pro Trevor Siemian will get a run with the starters this time around."
Raiders’ 1st-team defense has trouble stopping the run (sfgate.com)
"Oakland’s defense was a disappointment last season, ranking 22nd in both yards and points allowed. One positive, though, was a rush defense that finished 13th. Through two preseason games, though, the Raiders’ starters have had some trouble stopping the run."
Was the hit on Falcons punter Matt Bosher a cheapshot? (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"Falcons punter Matt Bosher was knocked out of the game with what appeared to be a cheapshot hit by Cleveland’s Tank Carder."